I was surprised at the last half of the book. I thought that Eddie would actually get to communicate with his mother and father. Although, I am glad that he got to see when his dad saved the man that tried to harm his mother. I felt for Eddie because of the pain inflicted by his father so it made me more at peace that Eddie got to see him in a better light. Eddie’s love, Marguerite, also had a surprise entry. When Eddie was pulled from one lavish wedding to another, I felt it was because Marguerite was a fun-loving, exotic, spirit. It touched my heart when Eddie told her how much he missed her and he looked back on their love from the beginning. I feel like my perception of love now relates to how Eddie’s love on earth played out. I have seen love in my family be great, youthful, and careless, then it later turns into work with age, children, etc. I’m happy to expect that there is hopefully a future rekindling of love in heaven! Another heartwarming moment was when Tala told Eddie she helped him from heaven to save the little girl. I am usually not an emotional person but I might have shed a tear at this moment. As everyone joined together to meet Eddie in front of God was a beautiful end to this angelic novel. Heaven as it was described in The Five You People in Heaven was a heaven that I want to go to!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Midway through the book, I am now taking a look into Eddie’s childhood. I semi predicted that he was neglected as a child because it seemed like his father wasn’t really in the picture, but I did not see the harsh abuse coming. Eddie would be beat drunkenly by his father night after night. I feel like this was a stereotypical family situation in that time period; the mom was nurturing, while the father thought of his kids as pests. I was also shocked that Eddie’s father did not pay any mind to his depression and injured leg, but yet never spoke to Eddie again when he was in the wrong. This whole situation captures how people hold too big of grudges. I hope Eddie gets to talk to his father openly in Ruby’s eternity. I hope that he apologizes for his humanly faults so Eddie can be more at peace.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I am so glad I chose to read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, already! I have not even read 100 pages, and I have already started to think about so many things pertaining to the books focus. When the ‘blue man’ starts to review parts of Eddie’s life; it made me begin to think of my life. I started to ask questions to myself like, “If I were to review my life in heaven today, would I be embarrassed to how I lived?” I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even if we do not know the reason at the time, and the book reassures my notion. The blue man reminds Eddie that no act in his life was random, even when he accidently creates the situation that kills him in the automobile accident. But since Eddie was in heaven, he was sorry but he felt no pain or shame. I am hopeful that heaven is like the books description thus far because it would be beyond wonderful to live without these painful emotions throughout this life. I predict Eddie might possibly meet up with his parents in heaven to learn lessons and maybe some random pedestrians that passed through the pier.